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>> reporter: we have to emphasize as of this morning authorities haven't found specific plots in the works but did discover something al qaeda was considering. saying as far back as february 2010 al qaeda was talking about attacking a train some place in the u.s. on a significant date. maybe the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks coming up in september. they talked about tampering with rails trying to get a train to come off tracks on a valley or bridge. this was a handwritten notebook they found in bin laden's house. evidence they say that bin laden apart from the initial thought about him that he was disengaged from day-to-day planning was continuing to think about things that al qaeda should consider doing. the homeland security officials last night sent out a couple memos to the train sector in this country and to state and local law enforcement telling them about all this saying that there did appear to be what they called some level of planning and they say they have no
information about an actual plan to do this or even when or where it would be done but they urge the rail industry to keep a close eye on railroad tracks and look for things that are left, specific packages, signs someone has been tampering with spikes. that kind of thing. that's the essence of the warning. >> it sounds like a mad man's crazy wish list. amazing thing is that it is fast for intelligence community to return these results to the public so fast so should we expect more of this to come? >> assessment i get from talking to people around town is this is how it's going to go here. as they go through this stuff and as soon as they find something that some sector of the economy or some law enforcement sector should know about, they'll push that information out. they stress it doesn't mean there is an attack planned but if it's found in bin laden's house, people should know about it. it's worth noting, thomas, what you say, how fast this is happening. the way this works they took all
of this stuff from his house, brought it back here, made dozens of copies of each of these things of thumb drives and hard drives and written documents and passed them out to intelligence agencies all over washington so that they can be looking a the this stuff simultaneously. there's a 24-hour a day seven day a week effort to exploit this material as fast as they can. >> more eyes on it the better. pete williams, thanks. appreciate it. president obama is just minutes away from landing in indianapolis. his first stop in a day that's going to include a visit to ft. campbell in kentucky where he'll meet with some members of the commando unit in the compound during the mission to kill osama bin laden. the good news and bad news on the economy. 270,000 jobs added in the private sector. mike viqueira is live at the white house on the north lawn for us. let's start with the speech that we expect in just over an hour. what are we expecting from the
president there in indianapolis? >> reporter: he's going to visit a facility that works in the new energy economy. allison transition itcsmission vehicles. the president as you know has frequently visited wind turban factories and many alternative energy plants and facilities around the country since the stimulus package. he was supposed to go during a month ago but it came in the middle of a fight about funding the government. the president often makes trips on the day that there are big economic figures coming out and perhaps the biggest economic figure that comes out every month is the unemployment number. a mixed bag. white house officials will concede that even as they look at the positive. 260,000 some odd jobs created on a gross basis closer to 240 on a net bases. strongest growth in five years. they point out that there were headwinds fighting against growth in the economy and
sinking of jobless number. namely high gas prices. a drag on the economy. as well as the situation in japan really having ripple effects overseas. a mixed bag. still some 13 million to 14 million americans out of work looking for work. >> as we talk about the secondary stop being in kentucky. thousands of service members back from afghanistan also going to be with those special ops at ft. campbell. what's the tone in this discussion? is it simply a meet and greet? >> reporter: i'm glad you mentioned the tone. it will be notable for a number of reasons. the president will meet some of those special operators which we take to mean the navy s.e.a.l.s inside the compound and the other units from other branches of the service that participated in that operation. he'll meet with them privately. then publicly he's going to have what appears to amount to a rally with other elements of ft. campbell including the historic
101st airborne active in afghanistan right now. we haven't seen him in that atmosphere since the dramatic announcement on sunday that bin laden was in fact dead. we haven't seen him address a group of individuals who are cheering obviously upbeat. that's the kind of tone that we're looking for here. it will be interesting to see. obviously the white house has been very careful not to gloat and not to spike the football the president used that phrase in another context so it's going to be an interesting moment down at ft. campbell in kentucky. >> mike viqueira, thank you. successful killing the osama bin laden by a small tactical group of commandos has some lawmakers in washington wondering if the future of our mission in the middle east is a scaled down attack with more elite units zeroing in on targets that threaten our national security. so as we talk about this, is this more of a strategic way to operate in having these small tactical units that could help us in major issues when it comes
to national security? >> well, the short answer is i don't think so. certainly a way to take care of specific targets. if you try to build a strategy around taking out individual targets, it's not going to work. those who have been involved in unconventional warfare will tell you it's a long, heavy slog that required taking over areas making sure that you empower local leaders and all of the rest and certainly taking out bad guys is one part of it. not all of it. >> let's not be completely naive. these tactical missions have been going on for a long time. what do you know? i'll ask you any way because i think you do know. these missions going on for some time obviously to the american people this one is a huge one we want to know about. it's a victory. it makes us feel better. it puts a face on the war on terrorism as we have been finding this phantom for all of
these years. is this type of strike something we should implement and not need to know about as a country? >> we don't need to know about it but they have been going on for some time, this kind of operation. they will continue. it's all about the intelligence. you can't conduct any of these operations unless you have information on the ground that's verifiable through a number of different means so that you're not wasting your time and your treasure and putting people at risk but when we do have this information, we have in the past acted and we'll do so again. >> what do you think this means for the military families. so many military families have had to endure for such a long time the fact of having a loved one having to return to war zones over and over and over again. how do you think this may change that in the foreseeable future? >> i don't think it will change it very much although we are withdrawing from afghanistan and iraq and demands on the military with any luck will be far less in terms of transporting them overseas and doing repetitive tours.
we don't have a lot of people in the military service. there's a very small number of people who are shouldering the responsibility of defending 310 million of us and unfortunately that burden will continue. >> when we hear about troop withdrawal coming up in july, what do you think that will mean to afghanistan especially since osama bin laden is out of the picture. there was talk that maybe afghanistan would have invited him back inside the country. what do you think will take place once we do see this troop withdrawal? >> the withdrawal will happen no matter what. we're successful in a number of different places. but to be quite honest with you, it will take more effort than we're willing to put in there over a long period of time. we will be left there with mobile training units and support of various types and varieties and we'll have people at risk in afghanistan. americans at risk for some time. it's going to be extremely difficult for us to forge what we thought we would in the beginning and that is govern afghanistan and that isn't going to happen. bits and pieces of success over
a long period of time. we'll be there for some time. not in the numbers we've been in the past. >> thank you. we've seen big success in the war on terror this week but back at home the issue is about the job market. where we saw a rise in unemployment. some other numbers that may signal movement in the right direction and we'll talk about that now. we have the co-founder of the economic research council institute. the president's political opponents will say that unemployment back up now to 9%. but we want to point out that there are some other numbers. there is that hard number. 9% sure. manufacturing up 29,000 jobs. professional business services up 51,000. leisure and hospitality up 46,000 and private sector job growth up nearly 270,000 jobs. those have to be positive signs for the nation in some direction even though that hard 9% number exists now. >> the unemployment rate, 9% number first off will get revised a lot. it had a huge decline in
previous months. a little backing and filling is to be expected. third, on the 9%, one of the things you need to understand is that when the job market is firming and make no doubt about it, it has been firming this year, we have been 270,000 private sector jobs this month. it's been firming. when it firms, more people come into the jobs market. they get drown in. the labor force goes up. that affects the unemployment rate, calculation of it. so the take away from this jobs report is not forward looking. it's slightly backward looking. what it tells us is that there has been been a revival in the pace of growth in the business cycle in the u.s. economy this year. it's been going on for a few months. last year it had been slowing a bit. a lot of people got mistakenly afraid of a double dip recession. here we have a revival in growth.
that's good news. we'll have decent jobs growth for now for the next few months into the summer. the problem is cycles turn. we can't extrapolate that off into the sunset. >> for most of us the numbers get confusing when we get caught up in it. economists saying a strong report with unemployment rising. what are most important numbers that we all really need to follow over the coming months? >> the key thing in here from my perspective is that the service sector is starting to produce jobs. five out of eight of us work in nonfinancial services. we're not in the finance sector which can get jumpy and we're not in manufacturing or farming. most americans work in nonfinancial services. it's that part of the economy that's adding jobs and it's a good thing. it can move the dial on the country. the problem is, of course, and this is a constant refrain, we loss so much during the recession it will take time. even if we're getting decent
jobs growth to regain what we lost. and there's the rub. you know, even as the economy is reviving and doing a bit better, the key is not pace of growth but duration. how long to keep the expansion going. you need a long expansion like we saw in the '90s or '80s in order to heal what's happened. that's the real challenge facing the country. >> it's a deep economic wound. it will take time. thanks. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> we're learning more about the people who were living side by side with osama bin laden in his hideout in pakistan. we'll give you a closer look at that coming up next. there's another way to minimize litter box odor: purina tidy cats. our premium litters now work harder to help neutralize odors in multiple cat homes. purina tidy cats. keep your home smelling like home.
where he was found and killed have been blocked. as nbc's ann curry tells us, pakistan wants to end the embarrassment of the world's most wanted criminal being found right inside its borders. >> reporter: this morning new video emerged shot by pakistani intelligent services inside osama bin laden's compound as u.s. officials release initial details of what special forces found there on laptops, papers and cell phones. no references to specific plots but they say it appears al qaeda operatives had weighed options including as far back as february 2010 about whether they should try to attack trains in the u.s. on the 9/11 anniversary. as al qaeda has in the past in britain, spain, and india. embarrassed and angry about the way the u.s. took down osama bin laden, on thursday the most powerful man in pakistan, the army chief, called sunday's raid a misadventure bluntly warning in a statement that any similar
action violating the sovereignty of pakistan would jeopardize a level of military intelligence cooperation with the united states. a bin laden expert reports security is now gathering intelligence from three of bin laden's wives taken into custody at the compound. >> i think that they can provide information to the investigators which areas where he was hiding and what kind of people he was meeting and especially from how long he was hiding in pakistan. >> reporter: u.s. analysts piecing together the life of one of those wives who said she was just 18 when she was married to osama bin laden, then 43, backing hback i becoming his last and favorite wife. she was known to be devoted to him and when u.s. special forces stormed the compound she lunged forward to protect bin laden.
she was shot in the leg and was in the room when her husband died. she's from yemen. she was much like him. simple. not interested in luxuries like his other four wives and it appears she lived his life on the run. >> she joined bin laden and traveled with him during one of the most difficult parts of his life which is when he was mostly on the run traveling across pakistan, afghanistan, with few luxuries. she stuck by him. >> reporter: there are reports that she now is in pakistani custody and has told her interrogators that osama bin laden and family members had been living in the compound for the past five years. she will know details about the life of the world's most wanted man and u.s. officials will want to speak with her. >> that was nbc's ann curry reporting for us. over the last five days the so-called fog of war has obscured what happened in the bin laden compound.
jim miklaszewski joins us live now. describe for us the latest sequence of events as we understand it and then secondly i want to know if it's too much of a blanket statement to say this was just a navy s.e.a.l. operation. >> first of all, the biggest misnomer and myth about this operation was that there was a prolonged firefight throughout that 40-minute operation and as it turns out as we found out a couple days ago, it lasted just very briefly at the very beginning. the first navy s.e.a.l. team hit the compound and they took small arm fire from osama bin laden's courier. the s.e.a.l.s fired back and almost immediately took out that courier and unfortunately his wife. they made their way into the residents and they rushed upstairs and countered the 19-year-old son of osama bin laden. looked up. saw bin laden looking over the railing. shot at him. missed. bin laden ducked back into the bedroom. s.e.a.l.s scurried up the steps and within a matter of seconds killed osama bin laden with a shot to the chest and to the
head. there was no dickering. no identifying. they moved into that room and shot and killed bin laden. >> when we talk about the s.e.a.l. team, i've heard teams like delta force being thrown around. is it too much of a blanket statement as i said before about calling this a s.e.a.l. operation? >> reporter: they are part of a joint special operations command which includes a variety of special operations forces. this operation was led by two navy s.e.a.l. teams but we're told that because it is joint, there were probably many others also involved. some delta force. some army rangers were probably involved in that entire operation and in terms of the pecking order, at the top of is the super secret delta force and then come navy s.e.a.l.s and then army rangers and then below that the army green berets which have a training mission in
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>> reporter: it's a beautiful day. good morning to you. one thing we just learned is that they are stopping barge traffic on the mississippi. this is a thoroughfare for a lot of interstate commerce. that may be the last barge to pass through here over the next eight days. officials say that because they displaced so much water some of that water is going up and around the floodwall behind me here in memphis so beal street where it intersects with riverside is flooding. we're about 45 feet at this point. record was set in 1937 which is 47.7 feet. when it crest on wednesday, it will be below that. any rain between now and wednesday will threaten that record. folks don't want to see that happen. we've seen flooding in the communities to west of downtown. harbor town taking on water and
mobile home parks near the city. officials are going door to door in some communities where waters are coming up quickly to get those folks out of there. tense moments here in memphis over the next 24 to 48 hours and in the next two weeks folks down south of us vicksburg, mississippi, will have issues with water. >> ron mott in memphis. thank you. appreciate it. we'll bring you up to speed now on the president's travels as we were telling you earlier in the hour, president obama is in indianapolis just landing moments ago. he's going to attend a hybrid technology plant today appearing there and talking about promoting his energy and green jobs initiatives. the president while he's there will be greeted by governor mitch daniels and mayor of indianapolis, greg ballard, and a local coach from butler. back with more after this. ( ro) >> by 2020, 50 billion network devices will roam the earth. that's seven devices per person. this will change how we work
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pakistani intelligence officials say u.s. missile strikes during the afghan border killed ten people. the attack performed by a drone in north waziristan was the first since the raid of osama bin laden's compound. drone attacks are a source of contention in recent years. the rare step in intervening in a civil union deportation case. eric holder asked a judicial panel to reconsider the case of a gay man illegally in the country who wants to stay here with his male partner. it's rare because the obama administration said it would no longer defend the defense of marriage act in court. this change may now be a sign of home for other binational couples facing separation. you may remember right here a u.s. citizen legally married to a man from venezuela appeared on this show weeks back. their case is still pending. lawyer for the couple says they plan to appear today before an immigration judge to use this new order to fight possible
deportation and rally being held outside newark, new jersey, courthouse in support of that couple today. one week ago today president obama was consoling alabama residents devastated by those deadly tornadoes. since then it has been a big week from white house correspondents dinner to killing of osama bin laden and today the jobs report. here to break it down, joe watkins, msnbc political analyst and former white house staffer during the first bush administration. i want to start with news on white house seeing positives that come out of this jobs report. take a listen to austin goolsbee this morning. >> overall the job market is clearly showing a strong trend and that's in our forecast and in the private sector forecast carried out for the rest of this year. >> republicans can go back to constituents and say only the number that matters is 9%. that's the unemployment rate
under the president. so explain how does the white house fight against that number? >> it's not the only number that matters. what matters of overall trends. when obama came into office, we lost 750,000 jobs a month. we're now gaining 250,000 private sector jobs a month. those trends are extremely important. the gdp has gone from negative six to positive three. we have never seen a million positive job swing within two years. we've never seen a positive swing of nine points within two years. this is the most significant economic recovery we've seen in our lifetime given the kind of economy the president inherited. >> we know that republicans like numbers. same topic. do republicans think that number, 9%, is really enough to convince americans that there should be a change at the top come 2012? >> clearly there were a number of jobs added in the last month. over a quarter million jobs. that's nice to know. let me tell you about trends. you can't pay mortgage bill with
a trend and pay rising gas bill with a trend. you need money. for 14 million americans who do not have work, they can't wait for it to change. they are eager to work. want to be put back to work. kids who can't work, their jobs taken over by adults who can't find a real job in the workplace. there's a lot that the obama administration needs to do to put americans back to work and that's run of the reasons you see his approval numbers remain flat. >> i want to talk about that. >> let's talk about that. how can the president keep the bump he received in the approval rating in these numbers considering the death of osama bin laden a year from now. >> approval numbers for incumbents will be bad for the last four to six years. largely because we have structural economic issues. wages have not increased and have gone down for 80% of americans. that's an economic challenge that we face. the question is whether we're moving in the right direction or
wrong direction. all of the data whether it was unemployment, whether it was gdp growth or stock market were moving in the negative direction when obama came in. now moving in positive direction. by leaps and bounds. the point that joe makes which is important is for those who are unemployed right now we need to find some help for them and get the economy moving at a faster clip and unemployment insurance has been a great deal of help. the argument and debate about stimulus and whether it works, the jury is in on that. to see a nine-point swing on gdp growth and a positive swing on monthly employment numbers, the jury is in on the stimulus plan. >> i want to look back quickly at the last administration and ask you in your estimation how much credit, if any, should they get for starting the intelligence that led to this successful takedown of bin laden. is it something president obama can own or something he has to
share with bush? >> certainly president bush started it and his administration worked very, very hard. you have to give president obama and his administration credit for completing the task and for killing osama bin laden. they got it done. the president needs to get credit for that. you give him credit when he does something right and he deserves credit for that. that being said, the face of terror is gone but we have not yet won the war on terror. we have a lot of work to do to make terror a thing of the past. >> ongoing. thank you so much, gentlemen. appreciate your time this morning. >> thanks so much. >> thanks for having us. among 80 or so members amid the s.e.a.l. team that raided the compound, there's one you hay never have thought of. navy s.e.a.l.s also turn and use elite combat canines. dogs. these guys are no joke. in the fight as much as human handlers. we get these exclusive pictures. rebecca, what kind of dogs are
these and how are they trained and most importantly, how are they used especially in a strike like that on osama bin laden? >> well, these dogs are german shepherds and they are trained for a long time. they get just intense of training as u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s themselves. it's unconfirmed at this point whether there was a dog on the ground during this operation. one of the handlers i talked to the other day told me that it's likely the dog was on the helicopter waiting to go in to see if it was necessary. >> when we learned about this, it's really amazing. obviously the navy s.e.a.l.s are trained to jump out of airplanes flying at 30,000 feet. some of these dogs are trained to do that. you got this photo of one s.e.a.l. and his dog breaking the world record for the highest man/dog parachute deployment. tell us about these two and how high were they when they jumped? >> looks like they were up about 30,000 feet setting the record
for a man/dog tandem shot. incredible that someone was with them getting the shot. >> explain the advantage of these dogs. >> well, so dogs unlike humans have incredible sensoe rsenses. their power of smell is 40 times greater than that of a human. going into a situation like this with bin laden, had there been explosives wired on the premises or bin laden been hiding somewhere in a hole like saddam hussein or in the floorboards somewhere, a dog would have been able to find him. >> looking at these, it's man's best friend. take that, cats. i'm just kidding. rebecca frankel, thank you so much. appreciate it. >> thank you. they were only second graders on september 11th. we all remember president bush visiting a florida elementary school when he learned of the 9/11 attacks. those second graders are now high schoolers and kerry sanders is live for us in miami.
this is a great story. you talked with these students. what are they doing now? >> reporter: they're all looking forward for what their futures will be. if you stop and think about it, 9/11 was highly personal to all americans. of course for kids who were in first, second grade, seven, eight years old, why would they remember? it's sort of an historical thing to them th. they would not remember things like that except for the kids with the president and that makes sense because they were right there and saw his face. i did a bit of math. to tell you how much time has passed, these kids with the president have now been alive longer post- 9/11 than pre- 9/11. on that horrible day almost ten years ago, president george bush sat in a sarasota, florida, third grade classroom and he and
the children read a book about a pet goat. the chief of staff interrupted. >> when i saw the assistant whisper in his ear, his e expression changed immediately. >> reporter: he remembers that moment with clarity unusual for a second grader but a moment in history that shaped his childhood. >> i want to be a leader. i want to travel the world and see different perspectives of the world and different cultures. >> you think you can trace that back to that day sitting there with the president? >> absolutely. >> reporter: also in class that day, a 7 year old who is now 16. >> i remember how there was a happy moment to a serious moment. >> reporter: many american teenagers don't remember the attack. they view it as an assignment in history books. for the 16 kids in class that day, some say being with the president handed them a life-long responsibility to make sure the facts of that moment are preserved.
today that classroom here is a media room. among the books here, the year book with pictures the instant our nation learned so much about evil and our vulnerabilities. and it's the lessons this 16 year old says she hopes today we have all learned. >> no matter what life throws at you, you can come out in the end. >> reporter: a lesson that shaped these young people and a nation. she said it best when she said the difference being there with the president is sort of difference you would have today looking at ground zero on television or being right there in new york and looking at ground zero. it was just a different emotional experience. >> a great update on their lives. thank you so much. kerry sanders in florida for us. bullying in school. it remains one of the biggest problems teens face today with the many venues kids have available.
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we have a teen angel and we'll find out more in just a second about that. as you know you are one of my favorite guests to have on. >> my favorite place to be. >> let's talk about the phoebe prince case. as you look at this you can't help but wonder what drives these kids. those bullies, to such an extreme. and now that they have probation and they've had their hearings, hopefully they can move on in their lives and learn something completely important about how to treat others. when you looked at the consequence for these kids, do you feel it's strong enough? >> no, i don't. actually, i was speaking in vermont on monday with an expert in offline bullying and has a concept called restore tif justice. i call it clean up your own mess. if we'll give them community service, we need to take their same social strengths and power that they use in bullying someone and have them undo the damage. tell everyone to stop posting. take back the attacks. clean up the stuff they started using social power to do good
instead of evil. i'm disappointed but i think the prosecutor in this case has done a wonderful job. >> technology and social media plays a huge role nowadays in our lives especially for kids. an outlet for them. many victims really can't fight back especially when it comes to their social identity. it's almost like toothpaste when you squeeze it out of the tube, you can't get it back in. that's what it is like for these kids once rumors and nastiness starts flying around. >> that's why i want kids who started it to take them back and reach out and say don't do it. facebook has launched a new cyberbullying application and tools and i'm one of five members of facebook's international safety advisory board to make it easier. we need to make sure that kids stop it. when you get it, you don't move it on. stand up and don't stand by. >> that's what maria is here for. you are one of the teen angels. explains what that means and how you use your own personal experiences to teach other kids.
>> well, i've been training since way as a sophomore. i go to local schools and talk to parents, teachers, students and major corporations as well to try to enact change and use personal stories as well as stories that we've gotten from surveys to make a difference and change how cyberbullying happens. >> you are a senior. you graduated coming up soon. congratulations on that. >> she's going to georgetown. >> all right. she's a smart cookie. when it comes to how you came to this revelation as you said, you've been training for years, what made you want to step up and be a part of a program like this? >> i'm part of a very big family. there's a teenager at my school for several years and i heard all of the horrible stories and i would never want something like this to happen to my sisters or cousins. i wanted to make a difference. >> you have a game? >> we do. we have alex wonder kid cyberdetective came. you can download it at stop
cyberbullying.org which is one of our sites and teen angels are running a summit in washington for everyone in the industry and law enforcement and policy makers to talk about research and what needs to be done. >> i want to ask you what's the response of your social network of friends when they know that you're part of a group like this? >> actually, i get a lot of people asking me for advice. what do i do. someone has been harassing me. what do i do? great to know that people rely on me because i know what to do in these situations. >> people check it out. on your shirt it says teen angels.org. find your game. >> stop cyberbullying.org and find everyone at wire safety.org. we're all unpaid volunteers at the charity. >> parents, listen up. always great to see you. maria, congratulations on going to georgetown. we'll look for great things from you in the future. no pressure though. okay. pass on that we are waiting for president obama to speak at a hybrid technology plant in
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